Barkerville hosts pie-eating contest

Ninth Annual Williams Creek Sports Day, pie-eating contest on July 21

On July 21, Barkerville and the Goldfields Bakery play host to the Ninth Annual Williams Creek Sports Day and Pie Eating Contest, a summertime tradition that has local and regional visitors coming back to “the Creek” year after year.

Classic gold rush era sporting events and games begin at 1 p.m. with crowd favourites, such as the children’s Broad Jump. The competition is all in fun, of course, and includes the Ladies’ Nail Driving competition for adults, the popular children’s Funny Face contest, and the Cracker Eating/Whistle race.

Later in the afternoon, adult ladies (both costumed and otherwise) can try their hands at the traditional Egg and Spoon race on an 1870s obstacle course, followed by the Sack Race, Egg Toss, and giant Tug o’ War.

At the close of the games, Barkerville guests will be encouraged to gather at the Goldfields Bakery, where banana cream pies await participants in the bakery’s annual pie-a-thon. With categories for hungry children and determined adults, the pie-eating contest will provide an amusing, if somewhat messy way to cap off the day… and there will be prizes galore for the epicurean victors.

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